Sunday, October 5, 2008

Is Prayer Enough

You know Sunday always brings a dose of religion for you to ponder. Today, we ponder, Is Prayer enough? I know, you're thinking "prayer is all you need", well, not exactly. Prayer is the main ingredient in making requests and expecting a response from God. The part that seems to be overlooked is another main ingredient, believing. Matthew 21:22 tells us " And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Many of us forget this key word and ingredient when going to God in prayer. It is essential that we believe that God CAN answer our prayers. It is not enough just to pray, we must also believe.
This ingredient is again provided to us in Mark 11:24 where we are told "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. God has provided all the directions we need for prayer to be a major vessel in our lives, we need only follow the instructions provided and believe in him that has the power to deliver.
I would be remiss if I neglected to also mention that our character comes into play when we pray. It is not intended that we go out and knowingly commit sin, yet turn around and ask God for blessings in prayer, never stopping to ask for forgiveness for our sins. God takes into account the status of our soul when we pray. Proverbs 15:29 tells us "The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous". The status of our soul does matter when we pray. 1John echoes this in 3:22 as it tells us And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight". The scripture is telling us that another main ingredient in prayer is following God's commandments.
On this Sunday, let us ponder, are our prayers enough? Are we including all the needed ingredients to get our prayers answered? For You To Ponder.

4 comments:

  1. Edward12:52 PM

    Now you got me thinking. I've noted the verses for later study. This is a subject I have often thought about so you have my interest. Let me do some self study and I'll hit the blog back with my comments. Good thought for today.

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  2. Michael W.1:11 PM

    Amen! I hear people say all the time that they pray, i hardly ever hear people say they believe they will get what they prayed for. Most folks dont want to admit they aren't living a righteous life but they do expect to get what they pray for.

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  3. tootruetobwrong3:17 PM

    You hit the nail on the head. All the ingredients are necessary for the outcome to be correct. You can not half step where God is concerned. It's nice to see religion not being left out of the blog. Hope you keep this theme going.

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  4. Anonymous7:38 PM

    When will people realize that God is not a vending machine??

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